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Save the Date: Sunday, December 13 at 11 am
NY Memorial Service for Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, z"l
at HUC-JIR, One West 4th Street, New York City

Dr. Gottschalk Shloshim Memorial Service at HUC-JIR/LA
Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, z"l, Chancellor Emeritus, who served as President (1971-1996) and Chancellor (1996-2000) of HUC-JIR, was remembered at a Shloshim Memorial Service on October 12 at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. The eventwas attended by 150 distinguished academic, communal, and religious leaders, members of HUC-JIR's Boards of Governors and Overseers, Dr. Gottschalk's children Marc Gottschalk and Rachel Gottschalk Brenner, and family members.
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Graduate School Summer Program in Israel Rabbinical School Excavation Program Call for Applications 2010
HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, in partnership with the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem, is now accepting applications for the 2010 summer program. The Graduate School Summer Program, June 7th through July 23rd, and The Rabbinical School Excavation Program is June 13th through July 9th, offer students the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations at Tel Dan by taking part in field work, pottery workshops, and lectures.
First Spiritual Retreat Organized by HUC-JIR/Los Angeles
"Becoming Holy: Persons and a Day" is the title of the first Spiritual Retreat to be conducted by the Los Angeles campus of HUC-JIR, on October 16-18, organized by the newly formed Department of Spiritual Growth, headed by Rabbi Richard N. Levy. The retreat will be held on Shabbat Bereisheet, the Sabbath when the first chapters of Genesis are read, symbolizing the beginning of the liturgical year and a new start for rabbinic and education students desiring to deepen their spiritual lives. Site for the retreat is the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of the American Jewish University in Simi Valley, California. The retreat is subsidized by the Angell Foundation.
Dr. Michael Zeldin, Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education to be Honored at Reform Day School Anniversary Dinner
Reform Day School advocates and friends will join together to honor Dr. Michael Zeldin at the Reform Day School Anniversary Dinner on November 4, 2009 at the Leo Baeck Day School South Campus at Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto, Canada. The dinner will also celebrate the 36th Anniversary of The Leo Baeck Day School, the 25th Anniversary of the UAHC Resolution endorsing day school education, and the 18th Anniversary of PARDeS. For more information, please contact:

In the U.S.: Jane West Walsh, PARDeS, or (410) 350-6962

In Canada: Elysa Greisman, or (905) 709-3636 X 241
Spotlight on HUC-JIR's Programs and
Research Resources
Fresh Voices of Contemporary Jewish Artists at HUC-JIR/LA
Fresh Voices of Contemporary Jewish Artists, an exhibition coordinated by The Jewish Artists Initiative, features the works of ten Los Angeles-based, mid-career artists, whose subject matter and media offer a fresh and contemporary approach to re-imagining Judaism in the new millennium. Fresh Voices includes work by Stas Orlovski, Karen Liebowitz, Carol Es, Josh Abarbanel, Gary Brown, Adrienne Adar, Marcie Kaufman, Eileen Levinson, Maital Guttman and Kate McKinney. The exhibit dialogue created by these artists represents a fresh voice from a generation of artists whose careers have unfolded in the secular art world but who are exploring in new ways their Jewish identity.

Exhibition on view through December 2009.
HUC-JIR in the News
A Call for a National Jewish Conversation - eJewish Philanthropy
Dr. Steven Windmueller writes: "A crisis of profound proportions is confronting the American Jewish community. Facing serious economic challenges, dealing with a rising concern over the viability and vitality of significant numbers of Jewish institutions, in part brought on by rapidly changing demographic and social patterns and a national crisis in leadership, and confronting worldwide concerns over anti-Semitism and anti-Israel policies and actions, there needs to be a national conversation on the American Jewish future."
Recruitment and Admissions Events
Oct. 25-26 in Cincinnati, LA, and NY
Oct. 29 in Jerusalem

HUC-JIR will be hosting Open Houses on all campuses this Fall: October 25-26, 2009 in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York and October 29, 2009 in Jerusalem. Guests will come away with a wonderful sense of what being a student at HUC-JIR can offer and what the future can hold. The Open Houses welcome any prospective students to all of our programs to enjoy exclusive study opportunities with renowned HUC-JIR faculty, current students and alumni. They will experience a day in the life of current HUC-JIR students, study in an inspiring communal beit midrash with friends and peers considering Jewish careers, and explore what it's really like to be a rabbi, cantor, Jewish organizational leader, or educator. Participants will have the opportunity to explore HUC-JIR's state-of-the-art learning facilities, our unsurpassed libraries and museums, the American Jewish Archives, the HUC-JIR soup kitchen and much more.

*Those attending College Colloquium are invited to extend their stay to include the Cincinnati Open House. The College Colloquium on March 19-21 in Cincinnati brings together Jewish college studenst from across North America to share the pursuit of personal, spiritual, and academic growth.

Spring Open Houses are scheduled for March 21-22, 2010 in Cincinnati, Los Angeles and New York and February 25, 2010 in Jerusalem
HUC-JIR's Recruitment Staff Visiting College Campuses This Fall
Upcoming Events at HUC-JIR
"An Evening with Debbie & Friends" Benefit Concert on November 12th at Central Synagogue, New York
"An Evening with Debbie & Friends" - a concert celebrating the creativity of world-renowned folk songwriter and performer Debbie Friedman to benefit HUC-JIR and its School of Sacred Music - will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6 p.m. at Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue at 55th Street, in New York City. The music of Debbie Friedman will be performed by Debbie Friedman and feature The Afro-Semitic Experience, HaZamir, The Western Wind, Alumni, Faculty, Students, and surprise guests. This concert launches HUC-JIR's Cantorial Invest-in-a-Student Campaign, headed by Cantor Claire Franco. Cantorial alumni are supporting the education of their emerging colleagues and successors through this initiative in which donors sponsor students for their five years of study at HUC-JIR, from the Year-in-Israel through investiture. Honorary Celebrity Co-Chairs are Jason Robert Brown, Mandy Patinkin, and Paul Schaffer. Concert Co- Chairs are Barbara Friedman and Bonnie Tisch. Benefit Committee Co-Chairs are Marjorie and Morgan Miller.

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Opening Reception for "Susan Silas:Helmbrechts Walk" at HUC-JIR Museum/NY
October 22 at 5:30 pm RSVP: 212-824-2293 or

Susan Silas' photographic testament to the Nazi forced death march of 580 female Jewish prisoners at the end of the World War II retraces the 22-day-long march that began on April 13th, 1945 in order to evacuate Helmbrechts, a small satellite unit of the Flossenburg concentration camp before American troops arrived. In visually representing the 225 mile journey from Germany into occupied Czechoslovakia on the 53rd anniversary of the march, Silas, a daughter of Holocaust survivors, presents the dialectics between visibility and invisibility by uncovering the past for those who did not survive to tell their story.
The Spiegel Seminar on Jewish Family Values at HUC-JIR/LA
"Child Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community" Tuesday, October 20th and Tuesday October 27th,12:10-1:10 pm
Student Services, Sermons, Recitals, and more!
Cincinnati - at 10:50 am unless otherwise noted:
Oct. 17 at 10:30 am: Leading Services: Emily Huebscher
Oct. 19:Leading Services/Ba'al Korei: Amy Rossel
Oct. 20: Leading Services: Meredith Kahan
Oct. 21: Leading Services: Jon Kleinman
Oct. 22: Leading Services: Jason Levine; Ba'al Korei: David Gerber

Los Angeles - at 10 am:
Oct. 19: Schlichai Tzibbur: Brad Cohen and Cantor Bernstein; Reading Torah: Julia Weisz; Dvar Torah: Matthew Dreffin; Gabbai: Rachel Ackerman
Oct. 20: Schilicha Tzibbur: Brad Cohen
Oct. 21: Shlichai Tzibbur: Heath Watenmaker
Oct. 22: Schlichai Tzibbur: Heath Watenmaker and Cantor Kent; Reading Torah: Rabbi Joshua Garroway; Reading Sermon: Jordana Chernow-Reader; Gabbai: Jordi Schuster

New York - at 10 am unless otherwise noted:
Oct. 19-22: Leading Services: Rabbi: Jillian Cameron; Cantor: Michelle Rubel; Reading Torah: Jennifer Gubitz; Gabbai: Ilene Haigh

Oct. 14 at 10:45 am: Practica: David Frommer and Mary Thomas
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